Christine Young

I am a writer and avid reader of romances particularly historical romances. Please join me on my journey through time

Christine Presents ~ The Venus Cure by A. K. Leigh

Please welcome A. K. Leigh author of The Venus Cure.

A.K. Leigh will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC and three ebook copies of The Venus Cure (open to all countries) to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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The Venus Cure

by A.K. Leigh

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GENRE: Romantic Suspense

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INTERVIEW:

  1. What or who inspired you to start writing?

 

I don’t really know. The instinct was always in me. I have notebooks from my childhood with scribbled story ideas in them. My teachers often wrote in my report cards that I was a daydreamer, because I would stare out the window most days. I was using that time to come up with plots J

  1. How did you come up with ideas for your books?

 

They come to me in various ways: sometimes I’ll be reading a book and an idea will come, or from something I see on TV, or a conversation I overhear, and song lyrics sometimes. Almost anything can spark an idea. In the case of my debut novel, See Her Run, that came about due to a series of dreams.

 

  1. What expertise did you bring to your writing? 

A little piece of me always seems to end up in my stories. I don’t do it on purpose, it just happens that way. So, personal experience is my expertise.

 

  1. What would you want your readers to know about you that might not be in your bio? 

I am passionate about writing romance that is based on a deeper meaning of love. The hero and heroine fall in love because of who each other are (and because they are ultimate soul mates), not on what they look like – though that aspect certainly helps 😉

 

  1. As far as your writing goes, what are your future plans? 

My current plan is to release a minimum of 2 books per year. I am aiming for 3 this year, starting with The Venus Cure on 25th March. Crave Her Touch (the sequel to “See Her Run”) will come out mid-year. Around November the first novella of a romantic suspense series I have planned, Triple Threat, will be released. It revolves around the lives of identical triplets who solve cold cases. I am an identical triplet, so that is the expertise I will bring to those stories J

 

  1. If you could be one of the characters from any of your books, who would it be and why?

 

Oh wow, that is such a good question! Hmm, I would have to say Tori from The Venus Cure because she doesn’t put up with bad treatment and BS from the hero. I like her spunk and her passion for what she does.

  1. If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your leading roles?

 

For The Venus Cure? Someone like Mandy Moore, Anne Hathaway or Jennifer Lawrence as Tori. Dom would need to be played by someone who can pull off aloof, but caring. Maybe Scott Eastwood, Liam Hemsworth or James Marsden? I know that’s probably a bit cliché but I’m terrible at answering this sort of question!

  1. Do you belong to a critique group? If so how does this help or hinder your writing?

 

I don’t, though I have writer friends who have offered opinions on my work. It does help, but you have to learn to discern what comments are helpful and specific to you. Not all advice is relevant because they are giving it to you based on their own experiences. And don’t take anything personally.

  1. When did you first decide to submit your work? Please tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step? 

As soon as I wrote “The End” on my first draft of See Her Run, I was filled with anxiety and questions. Did I put it in the box under my bed filled with all the other writing bits I’d gathered over the years, or did I try to get it published? Would anyone want to read it? Was it good enough (which is really another way of asking “am I good enough”, right?). Also, as it was based on an altered and exaggerated version of my own experiences with domestic violence, the knowledge that people would be reading my deepest secrets did not help. Ultimately, I was encouraged by family and friends, as well as my own urges to see if I had “it”.

 

  1. What is the best and worst advice you ever received? (regarding writing or publishing) 

Best advice: Keep trying

 

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BLURB:

 

Torrance Monroe couldn’t be happier. She has landed her dream job as a botanical scientist for the Parks and Wildlife Service in Wilmington, North Carolina. Her specialty will be the conservation, study, and propagation of the native plants that have fascinated her since her earliest memories: the Venus Fly Trap.

Dominique Black isn’t happy. As a Wildlife Officer, he has been working at the grass roots level to save the endangered traps from poachers looking to make a quick buck. It is grueling work, with the majority of offenders going unpunished. How could a scientist with zero experience in the field help him when even the law was failing?

The two are at immediate odds even though they share the same underlying passion for the plants…and each other.

However, after a well-known poacher harvests traps from one of the local swamp lands, Tori and Dom must set aside their differences in order to catch the criminal and keep the remaining plants from being harmed.

In the process, Tori learns to rely on the mysterious Venus Fly Trap folk lore she remembers from her childhood. Dom learns to release control and have faith in another person.

The Venus Cure is a fast-paced, erotic, and lightly mystical romantic suspense novella that centers around the serious issue of Venus Fly Trap poaching. The author chose the title based on five possible meanings. See how many you are able to discover!

 

 

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EXCERPT:

 

 

Dom said, “Can I ask you something personal?”

 

She faced him, “Sure.”

 

“Are you and Frank, you know?”

 

She saw discomfort cloud his features. The thought of her and Frank being an item bothered him. He liked her. Tingles of pleasure shot up her spine at the knowledge. She liked him liking her. There was no denying it now. This wasn’t a misguided attraction. This was real, and he felt it too.

 

Somehow she was able to shake her head, “There is nothing going on between us.” She almost left it there, but an impulse made her add, “And there never will be. Never.”

 

She emphasized the last word. He had to know where she stood now, right?

 

His eyes stayed locked with hers. She could feel the tingles warming her, pulling her toward him like a magnet. Her body shifted by itself; her lips softened with the expectation of his lips against hers. The look on his face told her he wanted to kiss her. She wanted him to.

 

So why wasn’t he?

 

… This time he couldn’t talk himself out of it. His body seemed to take control. The next thing Dom knew, he was leaning toward Tori’s red-stained lips. He lowered his mouth to hers. It wa

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

A.K. Leigh is an international selling romantic suspense author, huge Michael Jackson fan, martial arts movie buff, astrologer, and identical triplet. She has a Graduate degree in Counselling, which she uses to help her develop rounded characters in her stories. When she’s not reading, writing, dreaming, or star-gazing, she spends her time with her three beautiful children. Though her books are set in North Carolina, USA (because she loves the state!), she lives in QLD, Australia.

 

You can keep up to date with her releases, events and news by liking her on Facebook www.facebook.com/AuthorAKLeigh, or following her on Twitter https://twitter.com/AKLeighAuthor, Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13496077.A_K_Leigh, and Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/AKLeigh . Her website is www.fallinlovewithleigh.com.

 

The Venus Cure will be $0.99 during this tour.

 

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE

 

A.K. Leigh will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC and three ebook copies of The Venus Cure (open to all countries) to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

 

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/28e4345f1599

 

 

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20 comments on “Christine Presents ~ The Venus Cure by A. K. Leigh

  1. Thank you for having me Christine 🙂

  2. Goddess Fish Promotions
    March 24, 2016

    Thank you for hosting

  3. Mai Tran
    March 24, 2016

    What did you find most useful in learning to write? What was least useful or most destructive?

    • Thanks for the question Mai 🙂 The first ever rejection letter I received told me I needed to “find my voice”. I had no idea what that meant! I asked some fellow authors and read up on writing skills, and eventually found my voice. The least useful/most destructive is from those who mean well, but have no experience with structure, plot, and so forth (i.e. non-writing family and friends). They try to help when the story isn’t quite polished, and that is great, but you do need to learn to differentiate between what is useful!

  4. achristay
    March 24, 2016

    Welcome to my blog. I hope you have a great tour.

  5. Rita Wray
    March 24, 2016

    I liked the interview.

  6. Becky
    March 24, 2016

    Sounds like a great read.

  7. Edgar Gerik
    March 24, 2016

    Great interview

  8. bernie w
    March 25, 2016

    What is the best joke that you heard recently? Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win.

    • Haha, fantastic question, Bernie! Here goes: Why don’t you give Elsa a balloon? … because she’ll let it go 😀 Good luck with the giveaway 🙂

  9. Victoria
    March 25, 2016

    Really great excerpt and interview! Thanks for sharing.

  10. Eva Millien
    March 28, 2016

    Enjoyed the interview and except, sounds like a great read, thanks for sharing!

  11. nikolina84
    March 29, 2016

    This book sounds like something I’d really enjoy reading, thank you for sharing!

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